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2016 declared ‘Year of Wellness’

In July, the Tillamook County Commissioners designated 2016 as the “Year of Wellness” (YOW), and tasked a


variety of stakeholders with developing a plan of action to involve and encourage county residents to get healthy.  “The cost of preventable, chronic disease is growing and unsustainable,” said county commissioner Bill Baertlein.  “Traditional approaches to population health improvements have not been successful in improving health outcomes or reducing costs, so we need to take it to the streets, and get people involved to take control of their own health.  For the health of our county and communities.”

The Year of Wellness is a community-led effort to improve selected basic health matters through collaborative efforts with businesses, government, community leaders, nonprofits and schools.  All stakeholders will be part of the conversation, planning and implementation.  “If you or your business or organization offers wellness-related activities or programs in Tillamook County, we want you to be part of the Year of Wellness,” explained YOW coordinator Michelle Jenck.  There are four main committees – Nutrition, Physical Activity, Marketing/Messaging and Tobacco Cessation, and dozens of events and activities that need volunteers to champion and assist with implementation. If you are involved with a health/wellness related business or organization, contact Michelle Jenck at 503-812-8354 or email to [email protected].

The county-wide outreach will be positive, empowering and engaging – “Are You in?” – will encourage county residents to participate in a wide variety of free, accessible activities and events.  “We are developing an interactive website that will become a countywide resource for all health and wellness providers and programs throughout the county,” continued Jenck.  The website will include a calendar of YOW events, inspirational stories and testimonials, wellness-related blog posts, and an incentive based “Wellness Challenge” which will also incorporate education about particular health issues.

The “Wellness Challenge” component of YOW will involve an individual and group/team competition, available both online and in print, where participants will log weekly progress toward goals related to specific health behavior metrics, such as an increase in healthier food choices, increase in vegetable consumption, increase in physical activity, healthy sleep habits, optimal water consumption and reduction/cessation of tobacco use.  “Together, we are the solution to a healthier community,” said Jenck. “The challenge will include ‘toes-to-nose’ health education, recipes and advice to make this an easy and fun way to develop and maintain overall wellness – healthy bodies and healthy minds.”

For stakeholders, wellness/health practitioners or programs, contact Michelle Jenck at 503-812-8354 or email [email protected].  For more information, go to or like the Facebook page “Tillamook County Year of Wellness 2016”.   “Are You In?”  The Tillamook County Year of Wellness 2016.

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